Taliban 'frees remaining workers'

All 150 Afghan labourers now released after being seized in Farah province.

    Armed men took the labourers after stopping their buses outside an army base [AFP]

    The Taliban took several days to question the labourers to determine that they were definitely not soldiers before releasing them, he said.

    Their freedom was further delayed as they had been split up into six groups and held by six different factions.

    Daqeq said that no ransom was paid and that the Taliban had not demanded the release of any of their fighters in exchange, as they have done in other kidnapping cases.

    The labourers were working with an American construction company building for the Afghan National Army (ANA).

    On Friday, Mohammed Naeem, one of the released labourers, said they had been treated well in captivity.

    "Taliban abducted us thinking that we were ANA soldiers. They freed us after they realised that we are not soldiers," he said.

    "Most of the people with us are carpenters, masons, painters and other construction workers."

    Kidnappings have become increasingly common in Afghanistan with armed groups carrying them out for financial gain or in order to make political demands.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Death from above: Every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Death from above: Every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Will you push the boundaries or play it safe?

    Will you push the boundaries or play it safe?

    Curate an art exhibition and survive Thailand's censorship crackdown in this interactive game.